Man takes a swing at Richland County sheriff -- and lands in jail

Rachael Myers LoweNovember 5, 2013 

— A man faces charges after trying to punch Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department, Lott saw a man walking in the middle of traffic on Jackson Boulevard at I-77, created a hazard.

Lott, who was in uniform, said he approached Anthony Nelson, 29, and asked him what he was doing. Nelson allegedly launched into a verbal and profane attack, the news release said, then tried to punch Lott.

Lott then restrainted and arrested him.

Nelson has a history of mental illness and interactions with the law, primarily in Lexington County, Lott said. He was charged with public disorderly conduct, pedestrian on the highway, assault and battery, and threatening a public official.

Nelson was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Tuesday night.

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